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J263 May 80,1902 

Information from Hon. E. M. McWade, United States consul at 
Canton, dated April 12, states that cholera still lingers in that city, 
that the disease is still epidemic in Honain (south side of the river), 
but that it gives signs of abatement. He also states that plague has 
broken out and several deaths have occurred. A dispatch from Yeung 
Kong reports that the towns and surrounding villages near Yeung Kong 
are suffering from a severe attack of plague. 

Respectfully, John "W. Kerr, 

Assistant Surgeon. U. 8. M. H. 8. 
The Surgeon General, 

U. S. Marine- Hospital Service. 

Hongkong, China, April 22, 1902. 

Sir : I have the honor to transmit herewith the abstract of bills of 
health issued at this station for the week ended April 19, 1902. Three 
vessels were inspected, 240 individuals were bathed at the disinfecting 
station, and 370 bundles of clothing and bedding were disinfected by 
steam. There were 3 rejections because of fever. The sanitary reports 
for the week show that the following communicable diseases occurred 
in the colony, viz, 7 cases of plague and 6 deaths ; 24 cases of cholera 
and 21 deaths ; 1 case of enteric fever and 1 death ; 1 case of puerperal 
fever terminating fatally, and 4 cases of smallpox and 2 deaths. The 
total cases and deaths due to cholera since the beginning of the epi 
demic (March 4) up to April 19, are, therefore, 12L and 107, respec 
fcively. Judging from the figures, there was no improvement during 
the week, and unless the rains soon come a further increase in cases can 
but be expected. Information from the United States consul at Foochow 
states that up until April 10 no cases of cholera had occurred in that 
district. The disease still continues in the Canton district. 

Respectfully, John W. Kerr, 

Assistant Surgeon, U. S. M. M. S. 

The Surgp:on-General, 

U. 8. Marine- Hospital Service. 

Plague reported epidemic at Kityang, Taileung. and Canton. 

Washington, D. C, May 19. 1902. 
Sir : I have the honor to advise you, for the information of the 
U. S. Marine Hospital Service, that the Department is in receipt of a 
telegram from the consul of the United States at Canton, China, dated 
the 16th instant, which reads as follows : "Plague epidemic Kityang, 
Taileung, and Canton." 

Respectfully, John Hay, 

Secretary of State. 
Hon. Secretary of the Treasury. 


Weekly report of conditions and transactions at Bocas del Toro — Fruit port. 

Bocas del Toro, Colombia, May IS, 1902. 

Sir : I have the honor to make the following report of the conditions 
and transactions at this port during the week ended May 12, 1902 : 

Population according to census, not obtainable. Number of cases 
and deaths from yellow fever during the week, none ; number of cases 
and deaths from smallpox during the week, lease; deaths, none; number